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Aug 8, 2013 3:00pm PDT
to emerge about the n.s.a.'s massive surveillance programs. that government officials assured us they weren't listening to our calls or reading our emails. >> n.s.a. cannot target your emails. >> and have not. >> and have not. >> does the n.s.a. collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. >> no sir. >> does the n.s.a. intercept americans' cell phone conversations. >> no. >> google searches. >> no. >> text messages. >> no. >> there is no spying on americans, we don't have a domestic spying program. >> are you telling the truth? it depends on your definition, i guess of truth. the narc times reports that the national supreme court administration is in fact searching the contents of vast amounts of americans email and text communications into and out of the country. that sounds like domestic spying to me. press secretary jay carney doubled down on the administration's loose definition of the word lying. >> joe schmo from kokomo wants to know if he sends and email overseas if it's being read, what do you say? >> it's not being read. the information targeted
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Aug 6, 2013 3:00pm PDT
. he has an ideology that makes the platform of a major newspaper quite appealing. joining us from new york is david cay johnston, author of "the fine print: how big companies use plain english to rob you blind." david, welcome back into "the war room." >> well, thank you for having me david. let's start with what you think about this in general. did they buy the post for political influence? i have heard there has been speculation that this is a great move for lobbying on behalf of amazon. you have an instrument to exploit amazon.com's personal agenda. >> while we don't know a lot about how bezos will approach this, we do know a couple of things about him. he is not part of the legacy newspaper business that is tied to the notion of printing presses and dependence on classified advertising, which has been going away rapidly. we also know that he is very focused on the long term. amazon didn't make a pinny for seven years, it made raiser thin profit margins last year, but the equity shareholders have in amazon has been exploding. it went up 55% from 2009 to 2012. that's just three year
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Aug 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
with the u.s. by all allowing snowden to live there. >> we're extremely disdisappoi disdisappointed that russia would take this step, and not have snowden ex-spelled to the u.s. to face charges against him. he should be returned to the united states as soon as possible where he will be accorded full due process and protections. >> michael: sometimes i really don't believe that jay carney believes what he's saying. that was one of those moments. and a new poll released shows that majority of americans disagree with that. 55% think that edward snowden is in fact a whistle blower, while 45% think he is a traitor. jay carney issued a veiled threat saying they're considering a. : >> michael: joining us now from washington, d.c. one of our favorites, michael tomasky. great to have you back here. michael, does it matter that all of these lawmakers in washington are so angry about this? does it change anything between russia and the u.s.? >> i don't think it changes a thing. do you think vladimir putin cares what john mccain said? i don't think so. however anybody feels about snowden, whist
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Aug 7, 2013 3:00pm PDT
to give him a fair trial here in america pap lot of us are very skeptical about that. you make a very good example here. i don't think that they look at it in the same vein. >> john lewis came out today and keith ellison, the congressman from minnesota said much the same thing, that edward snowden is walking in the tradition of martin luther king. do you agree or not? >> i think what martin luther king did was write a letter from the birmingham jail, not moscow. he faced his crime when he could have had an opportunity to flee the country. he didn't do that. i think it's a very good thing he went to jail to challenge the congress of the country. he went to jail and wrote from jail. he was trying to challenge the legitimacy of the law by showing it's i will legitimacy in practice. i think edward snowden should come home and face the music. to me, that is what makes sense. if he's right, if snowden is correct, and we do have very important secrets that are being gathered by the u.s. government, why is he giving them to russia. >> we don't know he's giving them to russia. that's an assumption.
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Aug 5, 2013 3:00pm PDT
in the last several years. >> david: others recall the political use of terror warnings during the bush administration, and they think this might be a political stunt to give credibility to the co con -- controversial depreciations. >> they have decided there is this massive threat, and within literally within hours the likes of saxby chambliss and lindsey graham join with the white house to insist that these steps are necessary. >> david: the state department denies the motives. here is marie hath. >> i can assure you that that in no way, period, 100% affects how we evaluate threat information coming in. specifically in terms of this threat. >> david: joining me now is political strategist and chair of dogpatch strategies donnie fowler. donnie, thanks for being back in "the war room." >> glad to be here. >> david: there were a lot of questions about george bush politicizing terror warnings, should we be asking those questions now? >> we don't have in the last four and a half years a lot of evidence of barack obama doing the same thing as bush and cheney. so we don't need to be spectacl
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Aug 13, 2013 3:00pm PDT
has written extensively on the nsa. he joins froes washington, d.c. thank you for join us on "the war room." >> thanks. >> michael: should we be conce concerned that james clapper is involved in this investigation? >> well certainly. of all people to pick you pick someone who has admit lying before congress. it's absurd to put someone in charge of this panel who has that record. i thought clapper should have been fired for his abuse to congress. the fact that he was given that question at least a day before the hearing, and he was give the chance to correct the misstatement the day after the hearing, yet he did neither. he could have easily have said if he didn't want to admit is we can only discuss this issue in closed session. but the reason he said what he said was i think he wanted to fool the american public. he wasn't fooling congress because they already new the answer in committee, but he wanted to fool the public in believing that the nsa was not spying when in fact they were. >> michael: i cannot believe the reluctance of the administration not to fire the guy but then in a
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Aug 12, 2013 3:00pm PDT
're going to be here for four more days. stay with us, we have a great week of shows. earlier today here in san francisco attorney general eric holder laid out plans to alleviate overcrowded prisons and address racism in the justice system. >> as we come together, we need to discuss although incarceration has a significant role to play in our justice system, it can be ineffective and unsustainable. it poses a significant uneconomic burden. it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate. >> michael: the attorney general. the defendants with drug charges but no ties to large scale drugs organizations will be able to hold draconian mandatory minimum sentences. eric holder comes after one month after 1,000 inmates in california initiated a hunger strike to protest conditions there. they said, quote, overcrowded prison versus been increasingly president bush. in 1978 the u.s. held over just 300,000 prisoners. in 2009 we reached a high of 716 million prisoners. that is an 800% increase. crime has not increased by prison incarceration has. the u.s. holds 25% of the world's
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Aug 15, 2013 3:00pm PDT
"coup" or the $1.5 billion in aid that the u.s. gives to the egyptians every year, most of which goes to the military. obama made clear he feels damned if you do, damned if you don't. he pointed out many egyptians blamed the u.s. for supporting morsi while he was in power. america, the president said, cannot control the outcome in egypt. >> we want a peaceful democratic prosperous egypt. that's our interest. to achieve that, the egyptians will have to do the work. >> michael: after the events of the past few days that work has become much, much harder. joining us one last time inside "the war room" is bill press, host of current tv's the full press show, and jason johnson, senior editor of 365.com. bill, back to you. it's always good to see you, bill, and i know that you had your last current show today. we might as well talk about it now. where can people live stream your show going forward? >> tomorrow morning bill press show.com we were a radio show before current tv, we will be a radio show after current tv. the show must go on and starting september third we will be on free speec
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Aug 14, 2013 3:00pm PDT
love the sox, newt want chaw da? who knows. joining us now is political reporter and "war room" favorite chris moody, welcome back into "the war room." >> thanks for having me. >> michael: i didn't mean to get so partisan with the most toeing of the line of all of the reporters, but i had to have fun with the folks in boston. we have spent a lot of time chronicling republican insanity, and is this just going to continue? >> well this is an ongoing effort like you said. it's a check in on the status. back after the election in january of 2013, they released a report on how they can try to launch their comeback for 2014 and then the big time 2016. they are going into communities where republicans have not had a presence, they are spending millions of dollars trying to be at minority events in inner industries where they have not been before. and now they are going to discuss how is that going? it's a work in progress for them and i think they are well aware of how they are doing. >> michael: yeah, and it's important to realize that they think of it that way too. recently san dieg
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